A basic science approach and the application of scientific knowledge in theory and practice prompted four Baja California High School graduates to participate in national biology and chemistry competitions, receiving silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Young students from CETYS Mexican University High School Aneka Chávez, Manuel Mastachi and Esteban Vizcarra were part of the delegation that represented Baja California at the National Biology Olympiad, while René Alzina Pérez was part of the team at the National Chemistry Olympiad.
For the Biology competition, students prepared for over 8 months by meeting via remote platforms and under the advice of CETYS faculty as well as other academics from institutions in the area, passing municipal and state candidates, and finally placing them in the national silver medal winners.
According to CETYS High School IB Student at CETYS University Annika Chavez, being part of the delegation is challenging for her by exposing herself to specialized knowledge in biology and the opportunity to connect with new people through the virtual method. “This competition allowed us to measure ourselves with other students in the country and discover one of my passions that could become the foundation of my undergraduate studies.”
For his part, Rene El-Zena, a Bronze Medalist in Category B at the National Chemistry Olympiad and a general baccalaureate student at the same high school, stated that his motivation to participate in the academic competition was due to his taste for natural and scientific sciences. Basic; In addition, he appreciated the opportunity given to him to try extracurricular activities that will benefit him in the future.
Finally, Metro. Sergio Garcia, Coordinator of the Field of Biological Chemistry at the Secondary School of CETYS University, Mexicali Campus, said that the interest of young people to know and participate in the basic sciences is a catalyst and contributes positively to the integrated formation of students. “It is the academic’s responsibility to enhance these spaces and above all help them as much as possible to go beyond theoretical knowledge in the classroom,” he concluded.
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